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Sexual Orientation: Science and Society

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Based on decades of research, clinical practice, and more than 450 authoritative references, homosexuality is not a “lifestyle.” Homosexuality and sexual behavior differences result from  sexual center variations in the brain. Homosexuality, excepting adult onsets caused by brain changes due to viruses, tumors, and injuries, are related to hormonal conditioning of the developing brain during fetal development. 

Homosexuals, when compared to heterosexuals, differ in hormonal differences and responses, uncontrollable reflexes, functional MRI readings, neuroanatomy, etc. Using thousands of subjects, Bell and Weinberg, social psychologists, state “Among both men and women in our study, there is a powerful link between gender nonconformity and the development or homosexuality.” . . .  “At the moment, a large body of convincing research appears to suggest a biological foundation for homosexuality.” 

Same-sexed partnerships are known to exist in higher mammals and in many intelligent species.  Over 250 species show same-sexed attraction and some life long bonding.

Using blind analysis, usong modern psychophysiological, neurophysiological, and hormonal response analysis, homosexuals can be separated from heterosexuals with much greater accuracy than Jews from Aryans. Homosexuals at Auschwitz were cremated in #4 with a sign that read, "Juden Verboten."  

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Heterosexuals predominate as sex offenders, whether the object is male or female. While there are a limited number of homosexual phebophiles (love of adolescents), those who are predatory towards other males at this age and above are almost exclusively heterosexual. Homosoexuals are very significantly under represented among sex offenders and violent felons.

Many who are negative to homosexuality are in no manner homophobes. Particularly during adolescence and early adult phases, homophobia presents itself mostly among those who fear their own homosexuality. Research shows many “heterosexuals” vehemently opposed to homosexuality, using scientific measures, respond the same as homosexuals. Physicians and psychologists tend to see these individuals as self-loathing homosexuals. Anti-homosexual religious zealots are either unfamiliar with or deny the voluminous scientific research on sexual orientation.

People who oppose homosexuality are often extremely vocal and few shy away from making homosexuals the target of mean spirited attacks. Christ never mentions homosexuals in the New Testament or the Book of Mormon. Early church scholars with unbridled disdain for homosexuals, Saint John Chrysostom and St. Augustine, who with anguish admits to homosexual practice, discuss I Cor. 6.9-10 and homosexuality is never mentioned. The passage discusses pagan temple practices. In the early Christian church, the punishment for homosexual behavior ranged from penance to excommunication. 

The word "ἀρσενοκοὶται" which some translate as “homosexual” is best translated, as did Martin Luther, “knabenchänder” or child molester. Until A.D. 656 Christians debated whether women had souls and the Counci l of Trent “condemned to anathema anyone who said marriage was as virtuous as celibacy.” Marriage is a sacrament of the church not related to the state. It seems the proper religious viewpoint should be only churches can perform “marriages.” The state, not being an arbiter for the church, should issue declarations of domestic partnership regardless of the sex of couples.

A “homosexual agenda” does not exist. Homosexuals are extremely diverse politically and many do not identify with the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered) community or consider themselves homosexual.  Being part of the GLTB is a social process necessary to help disenfranchised GLTB individuals express their opinions, helping reduce prejudice and discrimination in an anti-GLBT mileu.  GLBT emphasize positive image and self-acceptance and are active in numerous charities.

The GLBT tend to rely on scientific studies that show other than sexual orientation, there are few differences between GLBTs and heterosexuals. The GLBT community appears to be advocating for issues like: same-sexed marriage, full citizens’ rights, hate crimes legislation  and support for  all GLBT persons. The GLBT community supports heterosexuals and appropriate sexual behavior between consenting adults regardless of sexuality.

While social process is involved in sexual expression, it does not determine sexual orientation. To avoid stigma, some become pseudo-heterosexuals. Religiously motivated conversion therapy has never been scientifically documented to change a persons natural underlying sexual orientation.  Pseudo-heterosexuality is the objective of such therapies. Many unable to change are significantly depressed and suicidal. “Two of Exodus International’s founders, Michael Bussee and Garry Cooper, fell in love and left the organization in 1979.”

Sexual orientation should not form the basis for discrimination or inequality.  It should remind us of God’s variant creation. Could homosexuality be a means of population control as suggested by Carl Jung?  The opposition to GLBT persons is contrary to the compassionate and loving teachings of Jesus Christ (Mt 7.1-5).  

Dr. Murphy is a retired Cal Poly psychologist, lectured at international universities, did medical research at the University of Washington, and was a consulting  forensic psychologist for the State of California criminal justice system.  He has presented authoritative scientific papers on sexual orientation internationally to professional organizations, the public, legislative officials, and the courts. For a scientific article with references, email [email protected].